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School-Linked Services (SLS) School-Based Counseling

Cabrillo Unified School District’s school based mental health and wellness program (School Linked Services) provides short- term counseling, assessment, crisis intervention and case management to students. Depending on the need of the student, these services are provided through individual and/or group counseling. This program aims to address social/emotional/ behavioral concerns early and increase the likelihood of improved relationships, solve specific problems and improve the child’s over all mental health and wellbeing.

About our SLS Counselors
Our SLS Counselors are mental health professionals specialized in school- based services. Our SLS Counselors are Licensed, Associates or Trainees in an accredited college or university graduate program. Our program provides clinical supervision for unlicensed SLS counselors.

 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)

How SLS Works
In a safe, supportive and confidential environment students meet with the SLS counselor to discuss a variety of complex issues such as stress, peer concerns, trauma, suicide, depression, anxiety, bullying, grief, self-esteem, family life, drug/alcohol use, relationships, gender identity and LGBTQ+.

*exceptions to confidentiality: plan to end one’s life, intent to physically harm another person, report of child or elder abuse.

Counseling includes talk therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy. Therapeutic models and interventions vary.

What SLS Provides
Counseling Services

  • Short-term (8-10 sessions) individual counseling support

  • Group counseling

  • Case management

  • Classroom SEL workshops     

  • Parent education presentations (Family Engagement Series, Las Pláticas)

  • Consultation/collaboration with community agencies

  • Brief Intervention: substance use prevention/education as part of Alternative to Suspension

  • Teacher/staff wellness outreach 

  • Home-visits as needed

  •  Referrals to community partners for: long-term therapy, family therapy, mental health/psychotic disorders, eating disorders, significant trauma requiring long term support, substance use and abuse.

FAQ about SLS 

Who qualifies for services?
Any student who is enrolled in CUSD may be referred by their teacher, academic counselor, administrator or school psychologist.

How quickly can my child be seen by an SLS Counselor?
We make every effort to assign the referred student to a counselor within 2 weeks. However, at times there is a high volume of referrals resulting in a waitlist. You may ask about approximate wait time.

What if there’s a long waitlist? What are my child’s options?
CUSD partners with community programs/ agencies (CareSolace, ALAS, BHRS...) and can refer students to outside support services as well as develop support strategies in school/the classroom. 

Where are services provided and for how long will they be seen? Counseling sessions take place on school campus during the school day. Counseling sessions are typically 8-10 weeks for approximately 40 minutes in length.

What if my child needs more than 10 sessions?
The SLS counselor will assist the student/ family with referral(s) to community resources for additional support.



  • StarVista 24/7 crisis hotline: 650-579-0350
  • StarVista Teen Crisis Services (Monday - Thursday, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. PST): Teen Crisis Services consist of an online teen chat and teen text line: free, peer-to-peer services accessible from or by texting 650-747-6463
  • CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) 24-hour hotline: 1-800-300-1080
  • Trevor Project (LGBTQIA+ youth) 24 hour hotline: 1-866-488-7386
  • 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you can get there safely

Parent Resources:

Local Resources:

  • Care Solace: If you or a family member are struggling with mental health or substance use issues, remember that help is available. Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by Cabrillo Unified School District, is available 24/7/365 to help you find mental health care or substance use treatment providers. Call 888-515-0595 for multilingual support or visit to search for providers on your own or receive assistance through video chat, email, or phone.
  • Abundant Grace Coastside Worker: Transforms lives through job-readiness programming: taking people experiencing homelessness to grow and harvest over 20,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce for free distribution to low-income families at our Full Circle Food Justice Program; and to clean up the environment of the beaches and trails of Half Moon Bay on the Coastside Clean Team.
  • Coastside Hope: Their mission is to provide necessities to enhance quality of life for all neighbors living in Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Half Moon Bay, and La Honda. or 650-726-9071
  • Ayudando a Latinos a Soñar (ALAS): Is a Latino centered nonprofit organization. Their programs include culturally-centered mental health services, wrap-around case management, immigration, and education. (650) 560-8947
  • CoastPride: Is an organization created by our local community in San Mateo County to improve the support, visibility and awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families. (650) 479-1902
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Coastside: Offers individual, group and family counseling services by appointment, medications, case management and representative payee. The intake process includes evaluation and referral to other providers when appropriate. Services can be provided to persons who are homebound. (650) 726-6369
  • El Centro de la Libertad: Serves both adults and youth with drug and alcohol services. They offer Specialized Services to other underserved adult populations such as those in custody, those who have co-occurring disorders, those needing Parenting, Domestic Violence or Anger Management counseling. (650) 560-9995

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